Gardens

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Anne of Cleves House Museum

Southover High Street, Lewes

Anne of Cleves House formed part of Anne’s annulment settlement from Henry VIII in 1540. The House is a wonderful example of a late medieval timber framed building. The earliest parts date from the late 1400’s, and there were further additions up until the 17th century.

Today you can catch the atmosphere of how people lived during Tudor times in the kitchen, bedroom and parlour, which have authentic domestic furnishings.
The house also contains the Museum of Lewes History and the Wealden Iron Gallery which illustrates this local Tudor industry.

The pretty gardens behind are inspired by Tudor planting schemes and contains traditional plants including a medlar tree. The café and Tudor tea garden has a separate access to the museum which allows non museum visitors to come and enjoy a drink in the setting of this beautiful former home.

Arundel Castle & Gardens

Arundel, West Sussex

Ancient Castle and stately home of the Dukes of Norfolk, reflecting nearly 1,000 years of history with magnificent views across the South Downs and River Arun.

The stunning and inspirational walled gardens include the internationally renowned Collector Earl’s Garden, The Stumpery; the hot and cool Herbaceous Borders with contrasting foliage plants; the Cut Flower Garden and Organic Kitchen Garden and a restored lean-to peach house and vinery.

Do not miss the Fitzalan Chapel with it's own delightful garden planted in white, and the Rose Garden, with old-fashioned English roses, in what was once a Medieval bowling green.

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest

Park Lane, Goudhurst, Kent

Open all year, Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest is the perfect place for healthy outdoor activity.
Bedgebury Forest covers around 800 hectares (2000 acres) of forest and the miles of forest trails offer facilities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy activities such as adventure play, walking, cycling, mountain-biking, running, and horse riding; and it has a Go Ape high-ropes adventure trail.

Bedgebury offers a series of events and activities throughout the year which includes family trails, fun school holiday events, outdoor theatre and Forest Live Concerts. You can even find a Gruffalo hiding in the Pinetum!
The National Pinetum is home to the National Conifer Collection. The 128-hectare (320-acre) site is recognised as one of the most complete collections of conifer trees and plants on one site anywhere in the world, containing more than 12,000 trees, including rare, endangered and historically important specimens.

Bodiam Castle

Bodiam, Near Robertsbridge, East Sussex

One of Britain's most picturesque and evocative castles. Spiral staircases, battlements, portcullis and murder holes - Bodiam Castle is the real thing. Windows to gaze through where arrows were once loosed; towers to climb and ruins to explore where knights once roamed.

Bodiam is a place to inspire and let your imagination run wild. Our colourful castle characters bring the medieval world to life through intriguing tales. A Knight’s Peril invites you to solve a mystery and save the day.

Our tea room makes the perfect end to your visit, with a tempting array of homemade cakes and lunches. With lot of events throughout the year and open all year around, what are you waiting for?

Borde Hill Garden

Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

This heritage Garden is renowned for its rare shrubs and champion trees, created from specimens accumulated by the great plant collectors and tended with passion by four generations of the Stephenson Clarke family. Borde Hill combines outstanding vistas with tranquil outdoor garden rooms, including the fragrant Rose Garden and scenic Italian Garden.

Visitors can also enjoy woodland walks, picnics by the lakes, or watch the kids play in the adventure playground. There are unique events throughout the season including a Sculpture Trail, Roses in Bloom and Kids Activities from Spring to Autumn. Dogs on leads welcome. House and garden tours available.

Charleston: A Bloomsbury Home and Garden

Firle, near Lewes, East Sussex

Visit Charleston, the home of Bloomsbury art and ideas. With its unique interiors and beautiful walled garden, it was the home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant from 1916. Together they decorated the house over the decades they spent here, painting walls, doors and furniture and filling the rooms with their own paintings and works by artists they knew and admired, such as Picasso, Derain, Sickert and Renoir.

Events, workshops and literature Festivals throughout the year with a lovely Shop and Café on site.

OPEN Wed to Sun 1 Mar to 29 Oct plus Bank Holiday Mondays. See website for opening hours, prices and to book your House tour in advance. Groups welcome by prior arrangement, call 01323 811626.

Herstmonceux Castle, Gardens and Grounds

Wartling Road Entrance, Hailsham, East Sussex

Set within 300 acres of carefully managed woodland with themed formal gardens to the rear, the 15th century moated Herstmonceux Castle embodies the history of medieval England and the romance of renaissance Europe.

Starting at the front of the castle, visitors have the perfect opportunity to take some photographs before walking around to Chestnut Tree Walk and heading towards Chestnuts Tea Room and the Visitors Centre, before taking a gentle stroll around our formal gardens and woodland trails.

The castle operates as an International Study centre and is not freely open to the public. We do offer conducted organised tours at an extra charge. Please check our website for times and prices.

High Beeches Woodland and Water Garden

High Beeches Lane, Handcross, West Sussex

A hidden gem in the Weald of Sussex which has been sensitively planted with many rare trees and shrubs to create an enchanting, tranquil woodland and water garden. In Spring bluebells carpet the many glades surrounded by the glorious colour and scent of azaleas.

The beautiful Rhododendron loderi flower in May and in June one of the best ancient wildflower meadows in the south is at its peak. Autumn brings a stunning blaze of colour provided by the many acers, nyssas and liquidambers.

Michelham Priory House & Gardens

Michelham Priory Road, Upper Dicker, Near Hailsham, East Sussex

Michelham Priory boasts England’s longest medieval water filled moat and offers a great day out for all the family. The moat encircles a site steeped in history dating back to 1229, from its foundation by Augustinian canons, through the destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries in Tudor times and into its later life as a country house.

On this picturesque island you will find the magnificent Tudor mansion, impressive 14th-century gatehouse with an interactive medieval gallery, working watermill and forge, replica Bronze Age roundhouse and Elizabethan Great Barn. In the 7acres of grounds discover the kitchen garden, physic and medieval herb garden. Visit the website for the regular events program throughout the year.

National Trust Nymans

Staplefield, Handcross, West Sussex

A garden lovers’ home for all seasons, with an extensive yet intimate garden set around a romantic house and ruins. One of the National Trust’s premier gardens, Nymans was a country retreat for the creative Messei family, and has views stretching out across the Sussex Weald. From vibrantly colourful summer borders, to the tranquillity of ancient woodland, Nymans is a place of experimentation with constantly evolving planting designs and a rare unusual plant collection.

The comfortable yet elegant house, a partial ruin, reflects the personalities and stories of the talented Messei family, from the Countess of Rosse to Oliver Messei and photographer Lord Snowdon.

Pashley Manor Gardens

Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst, Near Wadhurst, East Sussex

Delight in the sweeping herbaceous borders, elegant rose and historic walled gardens, the productive kitchen garden, enchanting woodland paths and tranquil vistas that form this award winning garden.

Relish the gardeners’ attention to detail; savour the homemade, local food in the café; relax on the terrace with refreshments; be captivated by the exhibitions of sculpture and art; peruse the gift shop and be charmed by the knowledgeable, friendly team.

Visit during a special event to enjoy spectacular displays of thousands of tulips, over a hundred varieties of roses, perfumed lilies or colourful dahlias.

1 Apr to 30 Sept, Tues to Sat, Bank Hol Mons & Special Event Days, 11am-5pm.

Sheffield Park and Garden

Sheffield Park, Near Uckfield, East Sussex

This National Trust landscape garden and surrounding historic parkland is well known for its spectacular autumn colour, but is glorious in all seasons. Originally designed in the 18th Century by gardening greats such as Capability Brown and Humphry Repton, the garden contains four lakes joined by a waterfall and cascade, while the parkland stretches down to the River Ouse and the Bluebell Railway.

Families will enjoy the Ringwood Toll play trail in the parkland or taking part in the 50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ challenge. Pick up a free booklet at reception and see how many you can tick off.
The Coach House tearoom and two on-site shops are open daily and regular events take place throughout the year including talks, walks, family trails and outdoor activities.

See the website for full details.

South Downs Heritage Centre

Brighton Rd, Hassocks

A unique visitor attraction in a stunning oak-framed barn. Independent British artists, designers and makers regularly showcase their work to the public. A local Sussex butcher and the renowned World Cheese Awards judge and cheesemonger, Paul Heasman, join many other artisan food producers in the Sussex Food Hall. Book one of many art and craft courses or join us at one of our events. Visit The Museum of Gardening in association with The Budding Foundation or relax at The Barn Restaurant and Coffee Shop which serves delicious meals, snacks and teas. FREE ADMISSION. We are a growing community of over 60 artists, makers, foodies, educators, gardening history enthusiasts and volunteers. We are passionate about what we do and we want to share this with you.

St Mary's House & Gardens

Bramber, West Sussex

Enchanting historic 15th century timber-framed house, with magnificent gardens, and charming cottage-style tea rooms, in the picturesque award-winning downland village of Bramber. St Mary's is still a lived-in home, with fine panelled rooms, including the unique Elizabethan trompe l'oeil Painted Room.

There are five acres of beautiful gardens, with an exceptional example of the prehistoric Ginkgo Biloba 'living fossil' tree, amusing animal topiary, and 'Secret' Garden with original Victorian fruit wall and pineapple pits, beautiful rose garden, unusual circular English Poetry Garden, landscape water garden and Rural Museum.

Sussex Prairie Garden

Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road (B2116), Near Henfield, West Sussex

Exciting prairie garden of approx. 8 acres crammed with colour. Planted in the naturalistic style using 50,000 plants and over 800 different varieties. Expect layers of colour, texture and splendour. Unusual plants for sale , teas ,coffee and home baking. Rare breed sheep and pigs. Permanent and exhibited sculpture collection.

Wakehurst

Ardingly, Haywards Heath, Sussex

Wakehurst is a beautiful botanic gardens located in West Sussex and managed by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Set in 465 acres of country estate, Wakehurst boasts ornamental gardens, temperate woodlands, a nature reserve, and an Elizabethan mansion.

Surround yourself in the natural beauty of the area, enjoy afternoon tea or learn about the essential conservation work of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank. With natural play areas for the children, seasonal events and wildlife all around, there is something to keep everyone entertained.

West Dean Gardens

West Dean, Near Chichester, West Sussex

West Dean Gardens is one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public in England and are open to the public from February to December. Since the storm of 1987 a bold re-development programme has been carried out to bring the nineteenth century gardens into the twenty-first century.

Come and enjoy a relaxing walk round the gardens taking in the walled gardens, Edwardian pergola, Sunken Garden, Victorian glasshouses and arboretum. The Gardens Shop and Restaurant are open to all for delicious lunches and afternoon teas before or after your visit.